28th Jun2016

Kiera Perry – Alabama A & M University ’16

by Staff

“My experience at my school (Alabama A&M University) has been wonderful.”

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“HAPPINESS”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

Name
Kiera Perry

Your HBCU?
Alabama A & M University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I an from a small town called Linden, Al & my mother introduced me to HBCU’S

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“Inspiration”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

I chose a HBCU over a pwi because HBCUs have history and I wanted to become a part of history. Not that I have anything againt Pwi’s but its just not the same experience.

I also chose my HBCU because of the experience i could receive. I had at one point attended a pwi, but it just wasn’t for me. Wasn’t my type of crowd!

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a biology major and I chose it because for one I like science and I know that I want to do something in medicine, in the science field!

What is the story of your “experience” at Alabama A&M University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“When you have good friends, keep em!”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

Aawww man, my experience is something I would not trade for anything. Getting that HBCU experience is something you cant get anywhere else, from the parties, to eating at the cafe, to turnin’ up on the quad!

My experience at my school (Alabama A&M University) has been wonderful. I got to meet people from all across the world. I think everybody has there own personal connection when it comes to HBCU’s. I have plenty of stories that I could go on on and on about!

“First time” experiences at Alabama A&M University?

My first time experience was crazy, it was homecoming 2010 and it changed my life!

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Hop is my advisor and is my absolute favorite teacher ever. I feel that he goes above and beyond to help not just me but other students too. I think he deserves the best college professor award!

He takes time out of his day to make sure his students are prepared for graduation and post-graduation. I must say since I’ve known him he has made a world of difference not just in my life but in others as well!

Curious about being a Biology major? Life at AAMU? Respectfully ask Kiera!

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05th Jun2016

Taylor Monèt – Prairie View A & M University ’18

by Staff

“The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other.”

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of '18

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

Name
Taylor Monèt

Your HBCU?
Prairie View A & M University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. My grandmother introduced me to Tuskegee University being that my deceased great grandfather attended the university. After when I had to transfer because of financial problems, Tuskegee helped me realize that as I continued my education it wouldn’t be a great experience unless I attended another HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life! Prairie View A&M University Tuskegee University

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life!|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

I chose a HBCU because of the experience I believed I would get. When you’re at an HBCU it’s the only time being African American dosen’t matter because everyone around you is African American and most of your teachers are also.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Nursing. I would like to be a Labor and Delivery nurse because I want to help underserved communities have a lower infant death rate. Loss of a child is a hard thing to over come, the mother not knowing how to take care of herself and the child during pregnancy is a big factor.

What is the story of your “experience” at Tuskegee University and Prairie View A&M University given their heralded statuses as stellar and prestigious institutions?

The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other. It is truly a family. Tuskegee parties hard but works even harder it’s something I will never forget. And friends I’ll never part from.

Prairie View in comparison is not as great but the campus is wonderful. Continuing my education here will definitely give me a leg up in my profession.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first experience when I moved in with all the freshman at Tuskegee University. Adams Hall was filled with parents and girls getting ready for college.

We all had our doors open cause it was really hot in the Alabama heat. That’s when I met one of my good friends Kia she came and said how much she liked my room decorations and that started one of my many friendships at Tuskegee.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Nursing and Allied Health Capping and Pinning Ceremony tuskegee university

Nursing and Allied Health Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Tuskegee University | Image Credit: Tuskegee.Edu

A professor that really inspired me would be Dr.Muhammad. He is one of the Nursing Chemistry teachers. He believed I could do better than the work I was putting out and pushed me to get the “A” I received in his class. He was very encouraging but he didn’t take no BS.

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor or Check out Dana Mannings’ YouTube Channel!

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor Monet

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor | Image Credit: Taylor Monet

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21st May2016

Paris Strother – Tuskegee University – 2016

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“The Tuskegee Experience is like no other…”

Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016

Proud TU Alum and Tau Beta Sigma Member (8TAILDAWG), Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016 | Image Credit: Paris Strother

Name
Paris Strother

Your HBCU?
Tuskegee University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Coming from Tuscaloosa, AL, home of Stillman College, that was really the only HBCU I knew about growing up. Soon after I got in high school I learned more about other HBCUs through my experiences in the marching band.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Honestly, an HBCU wasn’T my 1st choice. I was determined to play college basketball and I felt like D1 was the best path for me to go.

Fortunately, God had other plans for me and that landed me right at Tuskegee. They were giving me MORE scholarship money than the PWIS I was accepted to and since I wasn’t going to be playing ball, I knew I was going to be in the band and the PWI band life just wasn’t my cup of tea. So I guess going to Tuskegee was my desTAUny.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I recently graduated as a degree candidate for Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Originally I was not going to college to be an OT. I had hopes of being a PT or Athletic Trainer. I really didn’t even know what OT was until I actually got enrolled in school for it lol. But looking back at everything now, I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

What is the story of your “experience” at Tuskegee University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016 Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band

Proud TU Alumnus, Paris Strother in full uniform as a former member of the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band | Image Credit: Paris Strother

The Tuskegee Experience is like no other and if you have ever been there on a hot football Saturday afternoon, I believe you can attest to that.

Being that Tuskegee is in a rural area where the school is basically the highlight of the city, there wasn’t much to do around town. Now although that could be a deal breaker for some, the bigger picture in all of that is it forces you to be a family.

It forces you to have to get to know people and be resourceful. It got to the point where the people in the community knew my face because I was always in their store or they would always see me around town. Tuskegee is really just one big family and we defend home when we have to lol

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Hmmm…I had a number of first time experiences at my HBCU, and most of them came from being in the band. My 1st couple of years in the Marching Crimson Piper Band we traveled all over the US.

I took my first trip out of the south with the band,  which was something that I never would have imagined doing.

My 1st home game performing as a college musician was one of the best moments of my life. I just remember marching in and the crowd was going wild and saying chants I had never heard before!

It was very exciting, but when we played Ball ‘N Parlay at that 1st game, the crowd went insane! I remember standing there trying to play and feeling the stands rocking under my feet! It was truly an experience like none other.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

program director Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark | Image Credit: Tuskegee.edu

My program director Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark has really been the one to impact my life. Although she was a stickler about A LOT it was really with good intentions. She just wanted us to be ready for whatever came our way while she wasn’t around and now I feel that I’ve survived Dr. Clark so I’m ready for the world!

Questions about attending Tuskegee University? Respectfully contact Paris!

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08th May2016

Joshua Veasley – Alabama State University – 2017

by Staff

“Opportunity is here. That is not just a slogan for marketing but a true fact. I meet people and participated in activities that are not available at most PWIs or their versions are not focused to my likes and interests.” – Joshua Veasley

Joshua Veasley - Alabama State University - 2017 Band Marching Hornets

Joshua Veasley of Alabama State University, Class of 2017 and Proud Member of the Marching Hornets | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

Your HBCU?
Alabama State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Im from Riverdale, GA. I learned about HBCUs through my teachers many who were graduates of such.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I came for the culture and enviorment. I wanted to see black people together in a positive setting. I want to be proud of my culture and learn from it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Honda Battle of the Bands: Riverdale High Alumni Joshua Veasley - Alabama State University - 2017 Band Marching Hornets

Honda Battle of the Bands: Riverdale High Alumni | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

Communications – Recording Industry. I love music and I want to be in business to create and preform it.

What is the story of your “experience” at Alabama State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Opportunity is here. That is not just a slogan for marketing but a true fact. I meet people and participated in activities that are not available at most PWIs or their versions are not focused to my likes and interests.

“First time” experiences at Alabama State University?

My first Turkey Day Classic was memorable. I saw alumni from generations ago, and shared a tradition that I could be proud of. Marching into the stadium and hearing the roar of fans.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Ashbourne and Dr. Oliver both have been big influences. I learned goals are possible and that I can reach a larger community than my original scope.

Mighty Marching Hornet saxophone player Alabama State University Joshua Veasley 2017 Marching Hornets ASU

Mighty Marching Hornet saxophone player | Image Credit: Joshua Veasley

What HBCU band are/were you a part of ? Section nickname?

Mighty Marching Hornets
Saxophones – Sigma Alpha Chi

Rules for incoming freshmen band members? Did they have a nickname?

My nickname is Versace. Freshman need to focus on school work and music. There should be no other distractions that first semester.

Questions about Alabama State? Being on the band? Ask Joshua!
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04th Apr2016

Courtney Buckhanon – Oakwood University – 2017

by Staff

“My HBCU experience (at Oakwood University) has been full of pride! Full of growth! Learning why black is beautiful, learning about the greatness that black men possess, learning about my potential and how to tap into it and manifest it in a world that wasn’t made for me to succeed in.”

I Slay! #formation - Courtney Buckhanon - Oakwood University - 2017

“I Slay! #formation” | Image Credit: Courtney Buckhanon

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m a southern belle from Georgia! My father introduced me! He attended FAMU and pledged Omega Psi Phi during his time there. I grew up around he, his frat brothers and sisters.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I went to predominately white school k-12. I wanted to experience being around people who looked like me, people who understood that they were beautiful because they were black, not in-spite of their blackness.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations. I chose this because I want to go into strategic planning long term and paired with a PR degree it gives me a wide skill set post undergrad.

What is the story of your “experience” at Oakwood University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Beauty is whatever gives joy.,,,

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.,,, “| Image Credit: Courtney Buckhanon

My HBCU experience has been full of pride! Full of growth! Learning why black is beautiful, learning about the greatness that black men possess, learning about my potential and how to tap into it and manifest it in a world that wasn’t made for me to succeed in.

“First time” experiences at Oakwood University?

Off the top of my head the best first time experience I’ve had at my HBCU is the experience of school spirit. It’s rich, it’s budding, it’s contagious! I really can’t describe it. It was something like I’d never experienced.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Professor Patti Conwell of Oakwood University | Image Credit: al.com

Patti Conwell
Janice Watson – Dr. wat
Ruth Gunn
Stanton Dulan

Questions about Oakwood University? Ask Courtney!

NEW YORK CITY!!!!

“NEW YORK CITY!!!!” | Image Credit: Courtney Buckhanon

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27th Mar2016

Charity Latimore – Alabama State University – 2017

by Staff

“…when you choose an HBCU you become part of a family…”

Charity Latimore - Alabama State University - 2017

Miss Junior 2015-2016, Charity Latimore of Alabama State University showing ASU Pride! (Class of 2017) | Image Credit: Charity Latimore

 Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Although I was born in Alabama I was reared in Misawa, Japan from the age of 7 until I graduated high school. Therefore, Misawa, Japan is home.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I want to prove that HBCUs are just as qualified as PWIs. Not only is our foundation solid in the classroom, but our networking is endless and when you choose an HBCU you become part of a family

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose Biology Pre-Health because I desire to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. After being struck by a car in the spring of 2014, I decided I wanted to be the one to give people their normal life back after incidents.

I hope to open my own practice and through networking, hire marketing teams, my medical teams, and Etc. from students like me at HBCUs.

What is the story of your “experience” at Alabama State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Charity Latimore - Alabama State University - 2017

Charity Latimore (right) with @_Daijaaaaa (IG) at the “Love The Skin You’re In” Forum on Campus at Alabama State University| Image Credit: Charity Latimore

My HBCU experience can take days to write. So a synopsis would be an experience. Every day is just that an experience. It’s filled with love, laughter and life’s lessons.

The lessons I learn the things I begin to cherish can’t be taught in a classroom and I can promise I wouldn’t get it at a PWI. It’s an experience that can’t be mimicked and is hard to describe. It is BEAUTIFUL.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Michelle Foster - Alabama State University

Professor Dr. Michelle Foster of Alabama State University | Image Credit: alasu.edu

Dr. Michelle Foster, Dr. Robert White, & Dr. Pamela Tucker. Each of these individuals have taught me the importance of education, being exposed, having knowledge of self, and to dream in color.

Questions about Alabama State? Ask Charity!

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27th Mar2016

Gia Jones – Oakwood University – 2018

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“My OU experience is enduring in the Christian background it gives to the public. I enjoy the family type of environment that welcomes everyone together.”

Gia Jones - Oakwood University - 2018

Gia Jones of Oakwood University, Class of 2018 | Image Credit: Gia Jones

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Huntsville, AL but, currently live in Madison, Al. I joined Oakwood University church during the 40th anniversary of Breath of Life ministries. I received baptism on November 8, 2014 Sabbath. After joining , I decided to transfer to Oakwood to finish my education at a Christian institution. It is a great school for anyone!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

It was more convenient for me and closer to home. I just think it has more to offer for minorities not just African Americans. I do want to attend Loma Linda university Medical school after graduation.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose to major in Biology and minor biology (pre-medicine emphasis) due to my career goal of becoming an Dermatologist. I love skincare and cosmetics. I think the Black community needs ‘black’ doctors that specifically know about our cultural skin issues.

What is the story of your “experience” at Oakwood University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My OU experience is enduring in the Christian background it gives to the public. I enjoy the family type of environment that welcomes everyone together.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

This is my first semester as a transfer student and only met two professors. But, I have encountered that they have patience, sincerity, and confidence in their students.

College crush?

I have a crush on one of the Oakwood University financial vice usm officers. But, ahhh…..he doesn’t know it. (Laughs)

Questions about OakwoodU? Just ask Gia!

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